14 Interesting Employee Behavior and Job Market Statistics for 2018

It’s Statistics Time… but with a twist. Rather than my usual random assortment of facts from interesting studies from the past week, this edition will focus on research and surveys about the modern marketplace for American employee. This article will include interesting employee and job market statistics about vacations, the desires of Gen Z college graduates, lunch breaks and more.

  1. According to a report from Kimble Applications, less than half (47 percent) took all of their allotted vacation time last year, and one in five survey respondents (21 percent) claim to have left more than five vacation days on the table. (Kimble Applications)
  2. A survey of 1,200 employees who work in companies with vacation benefits, more than a quarter (27 percent) say they just have too many projects or deadlines to take time off, while more than one in 10 (13 percent) fear they’ll return to too much work. (Kimble Applications)
  3. More than one in 10 (14 percent) believe that employees are more likely to succeed and advance in their career if they choose not to take all of their vacation time. Additionally, almost two out of 10 (19 percent) said that they would give up their vacation time for an entire year if it meant they’d receive a promotion. (Kimble Applications)
  4. Even while on vacation, it’s becoming harder for employees to disconnect from work. Nearly half of respondents in a recent survey (48 percent) say they proactively check in on work while on vacation – 19 percent report doing so every day and another 29 percent say they do so periodically. (Kimble Applications)
  5. A survey of 400 Generation Z (born between 1996 and 2010), college students found that 77 percent of respondents reported that “feeling safe/security provided” was their most important office environment quality. (Canvas Blue)
  6. Next to security, salary significantly outranked all other benefits for Gen Z students who are applying to a job. In a recent survey, 61 percent chose “earning a high salary” as how they define success. (Canvas Blue)
  7. An analysis of more than 600,000 applications revealed that more than a quarter (28.5 percent) of applications on Glassdoor were to jobs outside of an applicant’s current metro. (Source: Glassdoor)
  8. According to a Glassdoor report, men are 3.3 percentage points more likely than women to move. Similarly, a job applicant is seven percentage points less likely to move with each passing decade that they age. (Source: Glassdoor)
  9. A recent survey found that a third (34 percent) of bosses consider how often an employee takes a lunch break when evaluating their job performance and a fifth (22 percent) of bosses think that employees who take a regular lunch break are less hardworking. (Source: Tork)
  10. (PRNewsfoto/Tork, an Essity brand)

    A survey of bosses and employees revealed that although 88 percent of North American bosses think their employees would say they are encouraged to take a regular lunch break, only 62 percent of workers actually feel encouraged to enjoy their full lunch break period. (Source: Tork)

  11. A survey of HR professional, managers and employees found that 74 percent of managers and 84 percent of HR professionals nationwide said they were willing or open to hiring individuals with a criminal record. (Source: Charles Koch Institute)
  12. When participants in a 2018 survey were asked how willing their coworkers would be to work with individuals with a criminal record 84 percent of managers were either neutral, willing, or very willing, while 88 percent of HR professionals said the same. (Source: Charles Koch Institute)
  13. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, four out of five (80 percent) employers say they plan to hire college graduates this year, up from 74 percent last year and 58 percent in 2008. (Source: CareerBuilder)
  14. In a survey of more than 1,000 employers, nearly half (47 percent) plan to offer recent graduates higher pay than last year, and a third of employers will be paying a starting salary of $50,000 or more. (Source: CareerBuilder)

I hope you enjoyed this more focused edition in the “Interesting Statistics” series. Each of the studies mentioned in this article has a wealth of information that can be helpful to HR managers and job applicants. It’s worth it to read the source links to learn some things about job market statistics that may help you connect with the right organization or candidate.

And for a fun look at the American consumer, check out this article with statistics on how consumers waste money on unused products.

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